I know this is a long overdue post, but since I have decided to continue updating my blog, here I am writing again.
Last year, Ron and I planned for a Vigan trip for our second year anniversary. When I let my family know about it, they insisted on joining us. We can’t say no to them, and I and my sibs also thought that this would be the perfect time to treat our parents for a vacation as a gift for their wedding anniversary. Because of that, our Vigan trip turned into a 3-day Ilocos trip. My sister did all the preparation; itineraries, accommodations, and car service.
We were able to maximize our three days by visiting Paoay, Pagudpud, and Vigan, with a quick side trip to La Union to visit our relatives there.
We left Manila around 9:00 pm and arrived in Paoay by 6:00 am. Upon arriving, we had our breakfast and strolled around the beautiful Paoay church.
After Paoay church, we went to Paoay Sand Dunes for a quick stroll and picture taking.
We have visited Malacanang of the North or the residence of the Marcos family during Ferdinand Marcos was the president. It’s now a presidential museum showcasing their photographs, actual bedrooms, books, memorabilia, etc.
The Sinking Bell Tower is in Laoag and we also paid it a visit. Unfortunately, it was not maintained nor taken care as it is a tourist spot. Tiangges are all over the area of the bell tower so we were not able to take a good photo of it.
Cape Bojeador Light House is one of my favorite places we visited on our trip. It only took us a 10-minutes walk to the entrance of the lighthouse.
Imagine seeing a huge magnificent view like this at the foot of the lighthouse… Just, wow.
Before going to Pagudpud, we went to Bangui Windmills.
It’s a long drive going to Pagudpud from Paoay, so we took the time to rest and take naps while in the van. We arrive in Hannah’s Beach Resort in Pagudpud by afternoon, checked in at the house we rented, and hit the beach just outside the house.
Our accommodation includes this cute kubo in front of the beach and this is where we had our dinner. After dinner, we’ve had a few drinks and dozed off.
We checked out by morning and had our breakfast to the nearest karinderya.
First stop in Pagudpud? Bantay Abot Cave.
We also stopped to the ever-famous Patapat Bridge.
A quick stop to Paoay Lake.
We also got to visit Museo Nina Juan at Antonio Luna in Badoc, Ilocos Norte.
On our way to Vigan, we stopped over to Bantay Church and Bantay Watchtower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
We arrived in Vigan town proper by evening. The town proper is so beautiful and lively at night. Right on time, there’s a fountain show in Plaza Salcedo when we went there.
After the show, we walked in Calle Crisologo while searching for a less-crowded restaurant.
After dinner and taking pictures in the night lights of Calle Crisologo, we checked in to the transient rooms we rented.
After a fresh shower, everyone’s dead asleep.
On our third and last day, we spent the day strolling around Vigan’s tourist spots. First on our list is the Pagburnayan. We went to Rose Pottery Shop where we learned about pottery making. I even tried making one!
It was such a fun experience to try and I’ve got to say, it is not easy! Every pressure on your hands and fingers matters. I finally ticked this off my bucket list!
Aside from watching and learning how to make potteries, you can also buy at the cheapest price. I got mine for only Php50.
We went back to Calle Crisologo to buy some pasalubongs and souvenir items. We also took the time to take photos since we arrived there at night time.
Before going to La Union, we visited Baluarte ni Chavit Singson. It is an 80-hectares zoo, imagine the long walks. There are stores and shuttle rides available if you’re too tired from walking.
It also has Safari Gallery showcasing his huge collection of preserved wild animals from his hunting. It’s really an interesting place, but not for vegan and animal lovers.
And that ends our Vigan tour and we took the long drive down to La Union to visit our relatives. We’ve had late lunch and then set for Manila-bound.
It was a memorable and happy trip for us; I was able to explore more of Ilocos with my family, and we made our parents happy by this simple trip we’ve planned. Now I’m excited about more family trips this year!